What is popcorn lung and why should we care?

July 5, 2013

beth garden lizard

Who knew that the vapor from butter flavoring for popcorn would turn out to cause lung disease? The irreversible illness mostly affects workers who breathe the vapor of butter flavoring, or Diacetyl. The scientific name of the condition is bronchiolitis obliterans.

Popcorn lung disease or popcorn workers’ lung is most commonly found in employees of microwave popcorn plants. This illness is frequently misdiagnosed by physicians as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

 

One more reason to air pop your popcorn and forget spraying on the butter flavoring.

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